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Title

Slippery Stuff: The Construction of Character in The Sun Also Rises

Author

Peter Messent

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Messent, Peter. “Slippery Stuff: The Construction of Character in The Sun Also Rises.” In New Readings of the American Novel: Narrative Theory & Its Application, 86-129. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Annotation

Structuralist approach relying on the theories of Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan to discuss the construction of character in relation to action and speech. Argues that Jake, Brett, and others, despite individual inconsistency and self-division, “blur into one another” when analyzed together. Concludes that the “notion of autonomous individuality is a myth.”

Published in

New Readings of the American Novel: Narrative Theory & Its Application

Date

1990

Pages

86-129

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